Richard Lyons

Richard E. Lyons

October 30, 1940 - October 4, 2020
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Richard E. Lyons, 79, formerly of Leesport, passed away on October 4, 2020, at Tel Hai Retirement Community.

His wife, Rhoda G. (Mest) Lyons, passed away on October 28, 2018.

Born in West Wyomissing, he was a son of the late Wilbur M. and Sallie D. (Weller) Lyons.

He was a graduate of Wilson High School in 1958, Kutztown State College in chemistry in 1969, and Temple University earning a degree in education in 1972.

Richard was a chemical laboratory technician for Gilbert Associates and later Carpenter Steel. In 1969 he began a 30 year career as a chemistry teacher for Governor Mifflin School District.

He was a former member of Bern Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he served on the Christian Education and Property Committees, was a Sunday School teacher, Lector, Communion assistant, was a two term congregational council member and served as president for one year. A more recent member of Advent Lutheran Church, Richard served on their church council as well.

Richard was a past regent for the Royal Arcanum, Wyomissing Council. He was a lifetime member of the National Education Association, the PA State Education Association, National Science Teacher's Association, and was an alumni association member of both Kutztown and Temple Universities.

He is survived by sister-in-law Ruth Ann, wife of Rupert Venzke; niece Samantha Mathias, wife of Len Mathias; nephews Royale and Rupert Venzke; and was predeceased by his siblings, Wilbur M. Lyons, Jr., and Ella May Lyons.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2020, beginning at 12 p.m. with services to begin at 1 p.m. at Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading, followed by burial will be at Laureldale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Advent Lutheran Church, 16 Telford Avenue, West Lawn, PA 19609. Condolences may be expressed at
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  • Visitation

    October 8, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    October 8, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA 19611
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    October 8, 2020 | 1:00pm
    October 8, 2020 1:00pm
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA 19611
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. William Fryer, Jr.
  • Interment

    October 8, 2020 | 2:30pm
    October 8, 2020 2:30pm
    Laureldale Cemetery
    4631 Pottsville Pike
    READING, PA 19605
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nancy Reiter

Posted at 11:50am
Richard so loved his dogs, esp. his Dalmatians and I know they were all waiting for him at the Rainbow Bridge with wagging tails. His last Dal, Jetta, is mourning him.

Cynthia Cramer

Posted at 11:20am
I really enjoyed knowing Richard and his wife. I live in Virginia, but Richard had wonderful Dalmatian dogs from Nancy A. Reiter. I got to visit the Lyons and their wonder Dal Jetta who still survives. She is 13 and misses Richard very much. They loved each other and I pray Jetta will join Richard and his wife when the time comes for her to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Prayers to all the family and prayers to Jetta too who survives Richard.

Cynthia Cramer
Henrico, Virginia

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